I'm torn between what breeds to get!!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Desirai, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Desirai

    Desirai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am really torn between what chickens I want. Welsummer roosters have amazing wattles and beautiful colors. Orpingtons and cochins are both so round and fluffy. Jersey giants are big! Wyandottes are gorgeous!

    I'm interested in chickens as pets; eggs are a bonus.

    Maybe I could get one of each.

    Opinions?

    edit: I'm limited to about 6 chickens, btw
     
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    one of each might be a good idea. I've had and like all the breeds you mentioned. I especially like JGs (gentle giants) and welsummers for the dark eggs.
     
  3. CatUT

    CatUT Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got orpingtons and EE. They are both very friendly. We got them as chicks and made sure to handle them everyday. They love to follow people and our dog around the yard. One of our orpington chicks turned out to be a rooster. He was way mean and he beatup our hens and attacked us every chance he got. He ended up at freezer camp.
     
  4. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are you planning on one roo and five hens?
     
  5. Desirai

    Desirai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well.. I'd actually prefer all roos because I love wattles. LOL
    But I don't think that will work. So I'm not sure. I know if I get a welsummer, I want it to be a roo.
     
  6. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, roos do get The Pretty On.

    I thought the preferred ratio of hen to roo was higher, but I can't remember. If you get a flock of Wellies you can breed them!
     
  7. Desirai

    Desirai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    See, look at these awesome wattles!!!

     
  8. Desi,
    What fun to be starting a flock! You have to make a couple of decisions. You REALLY don't want a flock of roos. Things will get bloody. I don't have any roos because I didn't want any complaints from neighbors, but I love to hear a cock crow (remember they will crow throughout the night and day, not just at dawn) and they are such beauties, so I'm kind of sad not to have at least one. I also didn't want to be wondering if there was something alive in that egg... With only a capacity for 6 whatevers, you definately are not going into business, but you are going to love some fresh eggs. Store bought taste like plastic to me now. I have to say your main criteria being wattles is unique. What was that TV lawyer show where the guy wanted to touch people's "wattles"? If you get some roos, try to pick types that may have a more gentle disposition. I hear that Favorelles are very gentle and extremely gorgeous but I don't think they will register very high on your wattle index! OK, if you have a roo and some hens you may end up with chicks, depending on if any of your hens will sit on them (go "broody) consistently. (Pardon me if you are familiar with this info.) So, you have to think about how to deal with that. Make sure your hens lay their eggs where you can find them and keep them picked up daily so you won't get a big bunch of little surprises unless you can give them away. I ordered all my chicks from My Pet Chicken because I wanted one of each variety and only females that are good layers, lay a variety of colored eggs, and were interesting to me in some way. MPC even has a profiler you can fill in to find chickens that meet your requirements like Docile, Colorful Eggs, Rare Breeds, etc. Must say I don't think wattle preferences are on their Profile index! Most of my hens have names so they will not be going to "freezer camp". In other words, I don't have the heart to cull them. I'll end up with "Cynthia's Retirement Home for Eldery Hens" but I do lose 1-2 per year for various reasons. The other commenters were correct about the ratio of roos to hens. I don't think you will be very successful having more that one roo with 5 hens, but others may disagree. If you could keep your roos separate, you might be able to keep more, but that requires more fencing, housing, etc. IF you have a roo and 5 hens, and you get chicks, you need to consider if you want them to be one breed or mixed. Even if you pick breeds that are not as likely to sit on eggs, they might surprise you.

    If I were in your position, I would likely choose one breed of chicken with lovely wattles so the chicks, if any, would be purebreds. I'm thinking they might be a little easier to sell or give away. Wellsummers are good layers of a beautiful speckled brown eggs. The White Faced Spanish Black has fantastic wattles. My Black Australorp hen has great eggs and nice wattles. She so sweet she lets me stroke them if I want! Good luck and let me know what you decide. Remember some roos can really tear up their hens mounting them so watch out for injury.
     
  9. lolita117

    lolita117 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That video is hilarious!


     
  10. Desirai

    Desirai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't plan on hatching chicks..

    But yes, roosters are allowed here. Also I think we can have about 30 chickens total but I just don't have that kind of room for them, which is why I have set myself a limit. :)

    Also about the roosters hurting hens, that's why originally I was going to make sure that any rooster I get is a bantam.

    My original plan was 3 orps and 3 cochins, with 1 rooster of each leaving 4 hens. but I don't know if that would work with 2 roosters in such a small flock.
     

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